Ten years ago, personal trainer Tim Morris suffered the unimaginable: a T-4 level spinal cord injury after a rollover car accident that left him in a month-long coma with a broken neck, back, ribs, shoulder, hand and punctured lungs.
Morris is now paralyzed from the chest down but, rather than limit him, he has turned his tragedy into inspiration by competing in some of the most challenging competitions in the world, including the Boston Marathon.
Donna Lowich lives with quadriplegia, so interacting with her grandchildren does not come easy. Until she was given Adaptoys, which opened up the world of play between her and her family. VPC
Boyd “the Rainmaker” Melson wants to deliver a knockout blow to paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries.
The current World Boxing Council United States Junior Middleweight champion, who donates all his prize winnings to spinal cord research, is many things: the grandson of Holocaust survivors, a West Point graduate who remains a captain in the Army reserves, and the founder of Team Fight to Walk.
On Dec. 7, at Baker’s Farm in East Brunswick, he spoke of his “passion” to an audience of health care professionals belonging to the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey.
The remarkable recovery continues for 19-year-old Mikey Nichols following a devastating spinal cord injury he suffered during a high school hockey game last year.
The injury has left the Monroe Township native relegated to a wheelchair while undergoing intense therapy and rehab five days a week.
“He’s got movement in both his arms and his legs, and he’s adapting to his new life,” said his father, Steve Nichols.
In a garage on Olympia’s west side, two fighters sit side by side in powered wheelchairs, then let the punches fly.
Simon Calcavecchia takes a right hook to the head. He dodges another. The fighters lock arms and hurl insults.
“You’re going down,” taunts Joshua Curtis, his boxing glove coming loose. “What’s wrong buddy, you can’t reach me?”
The sparring session ends with laughter, but their purpose is serious.
Blaine Penny knew he’d be caught eventually, and it happened at the 65-kilometre mark of his race. The chase car pulled up beside him as he chugged along by himself on the road just outside Niagara Falls.
At that distance, the 40-year-old Calgarian had run a marathon-and-a-half. He was the last man standing so-to-speak and won the Canadian race at the Wings for Life World Run, which raised more than $4.2 million for spinal cord research on May 3.
Now the dust has settled on an unforgettable day of running and inspiration, the numbers that lie behind the second Wings for Life World Run show how the event captured the world’s imagination.
Encouraged and supported by thousands of volunteers, athletes from all four corners of the globe came together on Sunday, not just to provide a true sporting spectacle but also a formidable demonstration of determination and fun.
And the figures are finally in…
When Joe Groh finally returned home, six months after the accident, his bed left him staring directly into the bedroom mirror.
Completely paralyzed from the shoulders down, it wasn’t like Joe could escape the mirror. And neither was there any escaping the reality of his situation.
“I looked at myself in that mirror and said, ‘What are you going to do?’” he recalled. “And I had no idea.”
Quadriplegic athlete is featured speaker at fundraising event for DREAM Adaptive
Joe Stone doesn’t recall much about the speed flying accident that sent him crashing at 50 miles an hour into the face of Missoula’s Mount Jumbo, putting him in a month-long coma, rendering him quadriplegic and nearly ending his life.
But more impressive than his unlikely survival was his resolve, which gripped him the instant he awoke from the dark maw of unconsciousness, to again venture forth into the mountains.
In the Arabian Nights story, whenever Ali Baba shouts “Open Sesame,” the door to the den of the Forty Thieves opens. But for the 10 beta testers of the Sesame phone, uttering that phrase means unlocking their smartphones without the use of their hands. Once the touch-free phone is active, users merely have to move their heads to control the cursor on screen. And yes, they can do anything a smartphone’s capable of, including sending messages and emails, taking/making calls and downloading apps. They can even play games like Angry Birds and Candy Crush by using head gestures. Once they’re done, they simply have to say “Close Sesame” to lock their phones again.